The first I found at NakedCapitalism. It’s a post election summary on Real News Network about what is going to happen in the next four years. That we’re going in the direction of favelas is no surprise to me. But what most interested me was the bit in the last 10 minutes or so about what might happen in the vast sea of red in the middle of the country (and parts of Pennsylvania). We are talking about nationalism. I think the little diatribe that Rush Limbaugh went on today, as described by Matt Taibbi, suggests the germ of that is already out there. There’s a bitter resentment about how Latinos, women, the LBGT community and african americans have exerted their “special privileges”. As the economy falls deeper into recession due to ill-conceived austerity measures, we might see what seems like the sudden emergence of a true brown shirt movement. Liberals will be the ones who stabbed the good citizens in the back when they elected Obama (not me! I voted for Anderson and I have the iphone pic to prove it). Anyway, just watch it. It makes me think that the right wing conservative who watched Schindler’s List can not make the connection because liberal Democrats are not Jews.
The other video features Dave Swanson who argues that it is time for the left to start an movement/voting bloc independent of the Democratic party.
Wow! That’s original. That would be like the idea that I had that we form a federation of liberal and allied groups to organize our efforts, lobby for our causes, vote as a powerful bloc and vet our own slate of candidates.
The difference is that when Dave Swanson says it, no one accuses him of being a racist and irrational Obama hater. Now, it is chic to be critical of Obama. It’s a fricking pain in the ass to be four years too early.
Either that or it’s the penis years effect.
Now, I’ve always been the type to say that we need to stop acting like our particular issue is THE most IMPORTANT thing EVER. And I hate wordsmithing. But I have noticed that women opinion makers on the left have an extremely hard time getting any kind of recognition or invitation to express their opinions- to anyone. So, if Dave Swanson or Matt Stoller or anyone else is considering reinventing the wheel that we suggested a couple of years ago, it is my opinion that there MUST be a gender quota in the leadership and public relations department. I’m even setting the bar pretty low at no less than 34% representation of women in leadership positions and as mouthpieces on TV and internet. It’s the bare minimum. To really be secure about our rights, we need to have a representative on the finance committee Do you think I’m stupid?? The Board of Ed is not that much different than any other political institution. It’s just on a smaller scale. And we all know that Finance is where the action is. Initiatives need funding and women’s initiatives need to be taken seriously. So, no less than 34% representation on Finance.
If the left is getting the band back together, it’s time for the guys to stop bogarting the microphone.